The Professor's Desk

The God Who Delivers

From The Harvard Ichthus, April 23, 2015

On Monday I served as guest lecturer in AAAS10, Introduction to African American Studies. Professors Henry Louis Gates and Larry Bobo invited me to discuss the history of African American Protestantism in the United States, a daunting task for a fifty minute time slot. Yet the assigned readings, which included Albert Raboteau’s Slave Religion and James Cone’s Black Theology and Black Power, allowed me to focus on black religion as a tool of liberation from oppression.

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Bible Study this Wednesday

Bible Study March 11 7 p.m.

Please join me this Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m. in the Pusey Room of the Memorial Church for the second session this Term of Reading the Bible in its World for Your World. Hope to see you there!

Protesting Ferguson

Ferguson RallyProfessor Jonathan L. Walton's speech from the Ferguson protest in Harvard Yard on December 3, 2014 (Photo by Tiana A. Abdulmassih)

“Protect and Serve” or Criminalize and Contain?
Protesting the Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson, MO

Beginning in 1955 in the city of Los Angeles, the police academy adopted the motto, “To protect and serve.” This pithy but powerful phrase encapsulates the mission of police departments across this country. To protect and serve members of the community; serving residents by protecting residents from harm and danger.  Unfortunately, for too many in our nation it seems that our modern militarized police forces are less concerned with protecting and serving, and more concerned with containing and criminalizing; particularly when it comes to the black male body. Black bodies are to keep in their place; capitulate to state power; lest they be criminalized for little more than appearing out of place.... Read more about Protesting Ferguson

2nd session of Bible Study

I hope you'll come out for the second session of this Term's Reading the Bible in its World for Your World next Wednesday, November 5 at 7 p.m. As usual, the session will be held in the Pusey Room of the Memorial Church. Hope to see you there!

Homily for the Class of 1954: "Company in the Clouds"

Professor Jonathan L. Walton delivered the following homily to the Radcliffe and Harvard College Class of 1954 on the occasion of their 60th Class Reunion at the Memorial Church on May 27, 2014.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely,[a] and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us. (Hebrews 12:1)


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